I just want you all to know that it was 80 degrees and greater than 75% humid when I left my house this morning at 6:15 AM.  Right now it feels like 113 degrees and it’s going to get hotter toward the early afternoon.  We’re at a “10+-Extreme” UV index level.  And even though it’s still about 72% humid, there’s a very low chance that it’ll actually rain today.

We’re under an Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service that says “A few locations could experience brief periods of dangerous heat indices around 120 degrees…”

A radio host this morning recommended checking on people you know who are without air conditioning.

Going outside is like stepping into a steam bath.  It’s hot.  It’s humid.  And the added bonus is burning light, with the chance of cancer!

It’s awful and I’m so ready for fall to get here, but we’ve got all the rest of July and August to get through yet before it even hints at getting cooler.  These are the days when I really consider my decision to move to the south.

And I don’t generally go into politics but every time I turn on the radio they’re talking about the “debt crisis” and congress and the president.  And I have this to say about that:  When my personal finances are in deep trouble, what I have to do is pretty clear.  I need to bring in additional income by getting a second job and I need to stop spending money on things that I don’t need to spend money on, even if I really like those things.  And I can’t just ignore that there’s a problem or try to increase my credit card limit in order to fix the problem because it only delays the inevitable – me being completely broke and handing everything over to the bank.

I don’t know the details about what’s happening and the deals they’re trying to make or anything about the complexities of national finances, but doesn’t it make sense that spending has to be cut, tax cuts have to be removed, and there has to be some sort of give and take between both sides of the issue?  This steadfast “NO, NO, NO” and refusing to just compromise even a little bit is getting so frustrating!  No one’s going to be happy with the solution in the end, just like I’d hate losing my weekends to another job or giving up eating at restaurants.  But sometimes it has to happen in order to get everything back in line.

I would be so thrilled to get into my car and hear that both sides of the aisle are upset but they’ve finally worked out a plan that’ll solve the problem and now we can move on and talk about something else.

Only YOU can prevent forest fires!

I’m not really sure how much of the country is on fire right now but I’m guessing that it has to be A LOT.  And if your part of the country isn’t on fire, then you’re probably dealing with flooding.  And I don’t know about you, but I’m sitting here going “REALLY?!”

The smoke from the fires in Florida are so bad today that there’s a haze everywhere, even up as far north as our house in South Carolina.  At work in Georgia, I can smell the smoke even when I’m inside the building.  It took me a while to figure out that it wasn’t because the smoke smell was stuck in my hair, but that it was actually coming in through the ventilation.

And meanwhile, the people in Minot, ND, are looking at flooding eight feet higher than the record.  Eight feet more water than the last time they had major flooding?  That’s a LOT of extra water.

Where on earth is it going between there and the coast?  Can anyone explain that one to me?

In other news, I saw a great way to annoy people this morning:  Remind them that they need to attend a meeting, and then when the meeting starts, close and lock the door and turn away all people who show up to the meeting late.  While it’s a very good reminder that promptness is required, it’s really confusing to the people locked out and adds the burden of letting those people know what happened in the meeting to the people who were good enough to show up on time.  I have a hard time arguing with the fact that it’s an effective way to keep the meeting on track and inform people of what the leader thinks of tardiness.  But I’m not totally sure I agree with the tactic.

In other randomness, because I’m really just bouncing from one thought to another here, I realized that I have a strange fondness for documentaries on yoga.  I was checking out our Hulu Plus subscription last night and while I found a lot of interesting things that I would enjoy watching on there, I settled on watching a show about the yoga industry and how much money is in it and the controversies about that. (Should a yogi be interested in the money or is that against the very principles of yoga?  How about competitive yoga?  Is it an ancient tradition or is it a perversion of the practice?)

I’m not sure how I feel about a lot of those issues and my own yoga practice is in a sorry state.  I haven’t been to a yoga class in ages, since the gym closed down and I haven’t got the money to go to the yoga studio in town.  But I do enjoy yoga and I find it interesting to listen to the conversations about it.  It’s one of those things, like playing the guitar and speaking multiple languages, that I wish I could do well but haven’t found the patience to actually commit to doing.

I expect that I’ll be at work for at least part of the day tomorrow.  I have some projects that need to get caught up and there’s just not been enough time to do it.  Plus, being out sick on Tuesday didn’t help me much with the task load. On the up-side, after next week, I get a full week of vacation!

Weekend news

I had a great weekend, but the whole thing is overshadowed this morning by the death of four coworkers in a test flight over the weenend.  I didn’t know any of the gentlemen, but I used to see two of them in the hallway, since their office was just down the hall from my department.  And there’s something really upsetting about seeing the pictures of a burned out husk of an airplane when I’m used to them looking so beautiful, not to mention knowing that four good men were in there when it happened.

It’s going to be a rough day.

Here’s a news article about the incident:  Savannah Morning News